Historical Events in February 2018

  • Feb 1 The Indian government announces plan to give 500 million people free healthcare
  • Feb 1 Archaeologists announce discovery of thousands of undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation, Guatemala, using Lidar, suggests population of 10 million
  • Feb 2 All 955 miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine in Welkom town, South Africa, after 2 days underground
  • Feb 3 Moscow has its heaviest snowfall in a day on record, killing one and bringing down 2,000 trees
  • Feb 4 Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots 41-33 for their first Super Bowl victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
  • Feb 5 A share market sell off starts on Wall Street with Dow Jones sinking 4.6%, spreads around the globe

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Feb 6 Elon Musk's company SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Feb 6 Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declares state of emergency ordering arrest of two judges
  • Feb 6 Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey - 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro
  • Feb 6 UN calls for ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area by Syrian government troops after 40 people reportedly killed
  • Feb 6 Polish president Andrzej Duda signs controversial Holocaust law, outlaws accusing Poles of complicity under Nazis
  • Feb 6 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Hualien County, Taiwan, leaving 10 dead and over 50 missing
  • Feb 7 Armed groups release 300 child soldiers from Yambio, South Sudan according to UN
  • Feb 7 "The Los Angeles Times" is bought by LA doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong from Tronc for $500 million
  • Feb 7 Missing Nigerian painting masterpiece of Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi by Ben Enwonwu announced rediscovered in London
  • Feb 7 DNA analysis of Chedder Man, UK's oldest complete skeleton shows he had dark skin and blue eyes
  • Feb 7 White House aide Rob Porter resigns in wake of physical abuse allegations by ex-wives
  • Feb 7 All citrus fruit can be traced to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA study published in "Nature"
  • Feb 7 Angel Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party reaches a coalition deal with Social Democrats after four months
  • Feb 8 Twitter reports its first quarterly profit as a public company
  • Feb 8 Bangladesh court sentences former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to 5 years in prison for corruption
  • Feb 9 XXIII Olympic Winter Games opens in PyeongChang, South Korea
  • Feb 9 adsadasad
  • Feb 11 Russian airliner crashes south-east of Moscow, killing all 71 on board

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Feb 11 MOMA opens a major solo exhibition for Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral in New York

  • Feb 12 Tropical cyclone Gita strikes Tonga as a category four cyclone causing widespread damage
  • Feb 12 Oxfam deputy director resigns over charity's failure to deal with sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti and Chad
  • Feb 13 South African President Jacob Zuma is ordered to step down by the A.N.C.
  • Feb 13 South Africa declares a three-year drought a National Disaster, though pushes Cap Town's "Day Zero" to June 4

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Feb 13 Israeli Police report recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Feb 14 South African President Jacob Zuma resigns from office
  • Feb 14 Ex-student Nikolas Cruz guns down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, before being captured

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Feb 14 Winter Olympics: American snowboarder Shaun White wins an unprecedented third halfpipe gold medal (previous 2006, 2010)

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White
  • Feb 15 Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as South African President, replacing Jacob Zuma
  • Feb 15 First known case of transgender woman breastfeeding reported in "Transgender Health Journal" in US
  • Feb 15 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns in a surprise move
  • Feb 16 More than 100,00 orangutans killed in Borneo since 1999 according to study published in "Current Biology"
  • Feb 16 National state of emergency declared in Ethiopia in wake of anti-government protests
  • Feb 17 3 suicide bombers kill 18 in Konduga, north-east Nigeria
  • Feb 18 Aseman Airlines flight crashes in the Zagros mountains, Iran, killing all 66 on board
  • Feb 18 Syrian government forces begin a new offensive on Eastern Ghouta in Syria's civil war
  • Feb 18 60th Daytona 500: Austin Dillon wins in a Chevrolet Camero ZL1
  • Feb 19 Syrian government forces bombard Gouta in deadliest day in 3 years, killing over 100 civilians
  • Feb 19 At least 17 killed when a garbage mound collapses in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Feb 19 Nigeria says 110 girls missing, presumed kidnapped by Boko Haram after attack on school in Dapchi, Yobe state

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Feb 20 Queen of England, Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance at London fashion week

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 20 Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis
  • Feb 21 Indian film star Kamal Haasan launches a new political party - Makkal Needhi Mayyam in Tamil Nadu state
  • Feb 21 Winter Olympics: Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall become the first Americans in history to win a cross country gold medal (team sprint)
  • Feb 22 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stirs up controversy by declaring he prefers quinoa to rice, the national dish
  • Feb 23 Study suggests earliest European Palaeolithic artwork in Spain made by Neanderthals not humans in "Science Journal"
  • Feb 24 UN Security Council passes resolution for 30 day ceasefire in Syria
  • Feb 24 Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka (Czech Rep) wins unprecedented gold medals in different sports (snowboard parallel giant slalom and earlier skiing's Super-G)
  • Feb 25 Winter Olympics end in Pyeongchang, Korea with Norway winning a record 39 medals, 14 gold
  • Feb 25 China briefly bans the letter 'N' as part of widespread censorship efforts
  • Feb 25 Winter Olympics: Marit Bjoergen (Norway) becomes the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in the 30k cross country
  • Feb 26 Cold weather nicknamed "the Beast from the East" hits Europe, killing 7 and covering Pompeii in snow
  • Feb 26 Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, receives its 1 millionth seed on 10 year anniversary
  • Feb 26 Global Seed Vault opens in Svalbard, Norway, to help preserve diversity and loss from other genebanks
  • Feb 26 7.5 magnitude earthquake in central Papa New Guinea kills at least 100

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Feb 27 Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Trump, has his top-secret security clearance at the White House downgraded

Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner

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Feb 27 Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Feb 28 700 illegal churches closed in Rwanda for being too noisy and lacking building permits